What am I Paying for in a Hair Transplant?
Hair transplant is a significant and life-changing decision. Found to be the most efficient and permanent solution to hair loss, the popularity of the process has seen a tremendous rise over the years. If you too are thinking of undergoing a hair transplant, there are some things you must know about the costing behind a hair transplant. After determining whether you’re fit for hair transplant or not and taking proper consultation from the doctor, the cost of hair transplant becomes a major deciding factor.
“What am I paying for in a hair transplant?” is a natural question that arises in everyone. There are several factors which affect the cost of a hair transplant. The major ones have been broken down and explained below.
- Location of hair transplant center: In a global scenario, hair transplant cost varies from state to state, country to country, and continent to continent. The cost of hair transplant in Nepal is relatively lesser than in other places. The prices of hair transplant in the USA and Europe are very high. An average hair transplant session can range in between $6,000 and $15,000 in these countries. Similarly, hair transplant in countries like Singapore and UAE is also pricey. Argentina, Colombia, Nepal, and India are providing cheaper hair transplant rates to patients all over the world.Nepal is heading actively towards medical tourism which makes it one of the most affordable destinations to get a hair transplant. The average cost of hair transplant in Nepal is less than 10% in the USA or Europe. The average price
per graft in Nepal for a good hair transplant from a good clinic and with the best technology would be around 0.5$-1$ The location of a hair transplant center is one of the factors that can bring a huge difference to the amount you pay. Good research is mandatory!
- The number of hair grafts required: The cost of hair transplant is identified conventionally by the number of grafts than the number of hair strands. A graft is any piece of hair-bearing tissue that contains 1-6 hair strands. The number of hair grafts required depends mainly on the stage of hair loss, donor hair supply, and the final appearance.
Stages of hair loss: The most common conditions of hair loss arising from androgenetic alopecia characterize itself in different stages. The levels of hair loss can be represented graphically from the following image:
If your hair loss is in the earlier stages, fewer hair grafts will be required, and hence the cost will be lesser. The reverse applies in the case of higher levels of hair loss.
Donor hair supply: In a hair transplant, the hair is extracted from one part of the body (donor site), and then implanted into the bald areas (recipient site). The most common areas are the back of your head and beard. Depending on the abundance of hair in the donor area and the quality of hair in these areas, the number of grafts extracted varies. The cost also varies consequentially. The price could also vary depending on the condition of the skin/scalp of the donor area as it might determine the complexity of the process.
Final appearance: The resulting look after a hair transplant depends upon the need of the patient as well as the skills and techniques employed. For a good result with natural and dense looking hair, more grafts will be required, and hence the costing will be more.
- The technique of hair transplant: There are many techniques available in the market for hair transplant. Each method requires different equipment, processes, and level of skill. Naturally, there comes a price difference in each. The three most commonly employed techniques are Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Direct Hair Transplant (DHT). Robotic transplants have also seen a potential, but as of the present scenario, these three are prevalent. The primary difference between them can be summarized in this image:
It’s important to understand the processes and decide which one is the most suitable for you. You can read more about the different hair transplant techniques here.
- The skill of the doctor: Hair transplant is a detail-oriented procedure. The complexity of the process, the level of comfort, and the results are highly dependent on the skill of the doctor. Highly experienced and competent doctors, as well as supporting staff can make hair transplant a smooth process. When you’re paying for a hair transplant, this factor comes into an important play and is also something you should take into good consideration.
- Facilities Provided: Since hair transplant can be a process of several hours, hygiene, comfort, and an overall relaxing environment are of fundamental value. Better standards and amenities of the center automatically affect the pricing points. If you are considering a hair transplant, it’s essential to consider these aspects before handing over your money. Do good research, consult your doctors, and have a happy hair transplant!